Shenzhen, China

Establishing a learning network within the cityAdjacent to Hong Kong and Macao, Shenzhen was China’s first special economic zone. The city is committed to promoting healthy and steady economic growth and sustainable development.Vision and motivationIn building a learning city, Shenzhen aims to stimulate the city’s vitality, promote urban innovation and improve the city’s core competitiveness, essentially leading to an improvement in Shenzhen’s sustainable development.Shenzhen expects to strengthen cultural exchanges among member cities, learning from each city’s extensive experiences while improving and advancing its own development in lifelong learning.Challenges and goalsBased on the city’s action plan, Shenzhen will promote learning in families, communities and the workplace actively, and will extend the use of modern learning technologies as well as boosting resource mobilization and utilization.Plan and implementationThe Shenzhen Government is committed to building and promoting a learning city, placing great emphasis on strengthening talent training and realizing each individual’s potential completely, while ensuring economic development and the livelihood of the people.The Shenzhen Municipal Government has been engaged actively in building a learning city using the following measures:The launch of a Lifelong Learning Network Website ( for citizens of Shenzhen; featuring more than 100 free courses on a wide range of topics, it serves the purpose of building a learning city by integrating educational resources.The establishment of a network of community colleges, training schools, education centres and workstations. Currently, the number of participating institutions has reached 270.Shenzhen plans to focus on human resources development and individual satisfaction.
City population
City GDP per capita
More than USD 25,000
Average number of years of schooling
Member since
Tan Mr Weizhong
Focal point
Xiaoling Tan